DAY 23: Thinksquad interviews The Homeless Libertarian
Thinksquad: Assume that my audience has no clue who you are as a person, tell me something about you?
I’m Corey and I’m a 23-year-old Hoosier with a love of adventure and travel.
Thinksquad: How long have you been on tumblr?
I’ve been on Tumblr for about four years.
Thinksquad: Where did the name Homeless Libertarian come from? Why that name for your URL?
I had a lot of trouble deciding on a name for my blog, but ended up settling on The Homeless Libertarian because that’s what I am, essentially. The only home that I have is what I carry with me.
Thinksquad: What preconceived ideas do people, even libertarians, have about the homeless?
A lot of people seem to be of the notion that homeless people are all homeless for a select few reasons (ie-drug use, alcoholism, psychological issues, laziness, etc), but from what I’ve observed talking to homeless people along my way, that’s not always or even usually the case. I’ve met a number of people who voluntarily decided to give up their worldly possessions because they were just fed up with their lives. I can totally relate to them in this regard, since I had other options at my disposal before giving up my home, but none of them felt as right as just walking away and starting anew.
Thinksquad: Have you meet people on the road who have been nice to you?
Yes, many people have donated money to me after just a five minute conversation or given me supplies or food to help hold me over. Just yesterday, a woman in Tomball, TX gave me $20 because she loved my story. Strangers and Tumblr friends have also been kind enough to give me places to sleep so I’m not stuck outside in the elements. It’s always nice to have a roof over my head, and I think a lot of people don’t understand what sort of luxury that is until they hear me express how grateful I am.
Thinksquad: How about people who are less than nice?
One man in a gas station in Mandeville, LA took a look at my cycling shorts and said “Nice shorts, (derogatory term for a gay individual),” to which I replied “Thanks, they cost me $50 so I’m glad you like them.” That’s about it, though.
Thinksquad: How long did it take you to map out your schedule? Are you behind or about on time, schedule wise?
It took me about a week to map out my route, and honestly, I’ve done a fairly crappy job of sticking to it. I wanted to keep a schedule and stick to my route, but early on, I decided to just forget it and travel wherever and whenever I feel like it. I have no timetable so I might as well take my time and enjoy myself.
Thinksquad: What has been the hardest part of your journey?
Dealing with traffic. There are some stretches of road with little to no shoulder and I’m forced to ride in the road with vehicles, which always causes anxiety. All it takes is for one driver to not be paying attention or not see me and it’s game over for this trip and possibly my life.
Thinksquad: What do you hope to accomplish on your journey?
I want to gain a better understanding of the American mindset in general. I’m treating it as a case study on human interaction and so far, it’s been pretty interesting.
Thinksquad: I see you have a list of sponsors, and a donation page, for this journey, is it alright for me to show a link so others can help in your cause?
Yep, go for it!
YOU CAN DONATE HERE
Thinksquad: What made you create a tumblr blog in the first place? When did you decide that you were going to dedicate your blog to a cause then just your standard tumblr blog?
I wanted to keep a record of my travels and thoughts, and Tumblr is a really great platform with a large, established audience and simple mobile posting. It was an easy choice.
Thinksquad: Do you have any other tumblr URL’s?
I have a personal blog, which I’d like to keep undisclosed, and also an architecture and design blog called Houses You Can’t Afford.
Thinksquad: Are there people on tumblr you look forward to seeing when you are scrolling?
Thinksquad, of course! I also enjoy Megan (thefreelioness) for political news, and Ricardo (statehate) for when I need an absurd display of capitalist consumerism and questionable music tastes.
Thinksquad: Who influenced you to create your blog’s overall message?
It’s been a culmination of all the libertarian thinkers whose work I’ve read on here and elsewhere.
Thinksquad: Do you do anything besides tumblr to further your cause?
I talk to strangers just about every day about libertarianism. They see my bike and trailer and want to know what it’s all about.
Thinksquad: I know this is a little cliché, but where do you see your blog in 5 years?
Hopefully archived and left to stew for a few decades until I need a reminder of how I came to be the person that I am.
Thinksquad: Have you meet helpful people here on Tumblr?
YES! So many! I’ve received so many kind words and donations, and a handful of Tumblr friends have opened their homes to me so I have a place to sleep. Elisabeth was kind enough to house me for a month when one disaster after another prevented me from being able to leave. I feel like I should note that she didn’t want me to leave anyway. haha
Thinksquad: What are your hobbies?
When I’m not being homeless, I enjoy reading, redditing, cultivating and growing bonsai, hiking, riding four wheelers, and petting cats.
Thinksquad: Have you ever doubted your blogs overall message?
No, not really. I want my blog’s message to be a representation of who I am and what I believe, so it will undoubtedly evolve with me.
Thinksquad: How did you come to your political beliefs? How did that all come around?
I always had a libertarian mindset, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I found the libertarian community on Tumblr and began to put it all together as a worldview.
Thinksquad: What message do you think is the hardest for people to accept about a free society?
The idea that the average person can find solutions to societal troubles. So many people have come to believe that the state is a necessary evil that we simply cannot do without, but I think that the more we see examples of successful agorism, the more that mindset will change.
Thinksquad: How does your family and friends feel about your ideas, do they think along the same lines as you? Anyone you close to, who doesn’t think like you?
My family all thinks I’m pretty crazy. They’re all neocon Republicans for reasons I don’t care to get into, and they seem to be of the opinion that I’m a 21st century hippie. Most of my friends are relatively likeminded or coming around to libertarian ideals, though.
Thinksquad: What do you want people to know or take away from your blog?
I want people to realize that social change comes from spreading a message and living by example. There needs to be a large online base for spreading news and raising awareness, but getting out and actually having conversations with people is much more important. The people reading libertarian political posts on Tumblr or Facebook are generally ones who are already interested to a degree. Those who aren’t interested or don’t understand it will simply keep scrolling. Meeting and introducing strangers to the philosophy of libertarianism in words that they understand does much, much more for influencing political thought than being an armchair activist. Of course, it’s an uncomfortable thing to do, but I believe that the success of a person, business, or idea can generally be gauged by the number of uncomfortable conversations that occur.
Thinksquad: If I wanted to visit you, would you be okay with showing me around your neck of the woods?
At this point, I’d be just as lost as you are, but meet me in Indiana, Hawai’i, or Florida, and I’ll show you around!
Thinksquad: Do you consider yourself influential?
Not particularly, but I do what I can with what I have and where I’m at.
Thinksquad: Were you always political?
Yes, it’s always been a problem for me.
Thinksquad: Were you a democrat or republican, and then changed to how you believe now?
I considered myself a democrat before making the leap.
Thinksquad: What caused this change?
As an INFJ, compassion is important to me, so social issues were at the forefront of my mind through my angsty teen years. Once I started working and seeing my tax dollars taken out and used to fund things I disagree with, I became more interested in the economic side of things.
Thinksquad: Who would you recommend to me to follow besides yourself, please just pick one person and why?
It’s not a political blog, but Things Fitting Perfectly Into Things brings me a lot of joy.
Thinksquad: Do you think a free society will ever exist?
I like to think it will, but regardless, I’m going to live by my own rules to the best of my ability.
Thinksquad: Give me a suggestion of a book to read?
I’m reading Walden again for the first time in years and it’s always a good read!
Tomorrow is Souliberty…